Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, and anti-corruption and ethics.

As part of these efforts, CIPE launched Provincial Business Agenda in four major provinces Nangerhar, Balkh, Kandahar and Herat to promote advocacy efforts.

The Provincial Business Agenda (PBA) is an advocacy tool created by the business community in the provinces to improve the commercial environment in which businesses operate.  They address individual industrial sector, or they can apply more broadly across multiple business sectors.  The main purpose of the PBAs is to identify laws and regulations that hinder business activity and thwart economic growth and job creation, as well as highlighting other obstacles, challenges and deficiencies in the business climate that require some type of government action to rectify the situation.  Most importantly, the PBAs must offer concrete, realistic and achievable policy recommendations and specific legislative or regulatory reforms to remove these barriers and to improve the business climate.